I would like to recommend our previous nanny/housekeeper and cook, Silvie Samb (we have left Dakar in 2016). Silvie worked for us from December 2014 – August 2016. After that, she continued working for another Embassy family. Silvie was highly recommended by a previous Embassy family who is still in close contact with her.
Silvie was absolutely fantastic with taking care of our son (6 years old when we left). She also fulfilled the role of a housekeeper and cooked a few times per week. Our son was often invited to Silvie’s house, and he loved spending time with her family and learning about her culture. We know that Silvie really treated our son as her own and he has learned a lot from her.
Silvie knows French cuisine well, cooks the typical dishes (lasagna, quiche, enchilada, spring rolls, paella, beef stew, chicken, etc.) and makes various seafood and fish dishes. She can make fresh juices (bissap, ginger, passion fruit, tamarind, baobab), fruit sauces, fresh peanut butter, etc. Silvie makes all the market trips for food shopping. We had freshly-cut fruit in the fridge at all times. She was able to get Swiss-chard and tofu, which were hard to find in Dakar!
For housekeeping, Silvie was in charge of the usual chores, to include vegetable cleaning, ironing, and laundry. She was able to fulfill all her housekeeping work for a large space, while taking care of other tasks.
Silvie has limited understanding of English, but we preferred to push ourselves and communicate in French with her. Having a French speaking house-helper encouraged us to improve our language abilities without stress. She is super patient, and we were able to communicate easily with her even when our struggle to find housecleaning/cooking French terms turned into hand gestures. Our son had no French initially, but Silvie sang and told stories in French to him every morning. He left Senegal with great French – we strongly feel that this was due to Silvie’s influence and engagement with him. Silvie understands when we communicate in English with our son.